Gov. DeSantis predicts Donald Trump will soon come to Florida

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Gov. Ron DeSantis believes President Donald Trump will soon hit the campaign trail in Florida, notwithstanding his COVID-19 infection.

Trump, who has a residence in Palm Beach, intends to be in Miami next week for his scheduled town-hall debate with Democrat Joe Biden, even though medical experts argue the president could still be contagious then.

Asked Tuesday what he knows of Trump’s plans, the Republican governor said: “I don’t have any firm details, but if I were a betting man I’d bet you’ll see him very soon in Florida.”

Trump has evidenced little regard for face masks and social distancing rules that medical experts advise to prevent COVID transmission. The first thing he did Monday night after returning to the White House from the Walter Reed National Military Hospital was to doff his face mask and interact with staffers.

Trump tweeted that he was “FEELING GREAT!” but doctors told The New York Times that Trump’s reported symptoms suggest a severe case, which could extend the period during which he’s liable to infect other people.

In fact, infections linked to the White House have hit a number of presidential aides and news reporters, not sparing First Lady Melania Trump. Additionally, the presidential party violated ground rules during the last Trump-Biden debate which required face masks.

DeSantis himself has repudiated the stay-home safeguards he erected earlier during the COVID outbreak and has allowed businesses to reopen, also mandating that public brick-and-mortar schools be open for classroom instruction as opposed to purely online learning at parents’ discretion.

He’d called his news conference to announce shipments of a new, fast-acting COVID antigen test that he promises will help screen patients and visitors to nursing homes and other settings even while acknowledging, “None of these tests are 100 percent. It’s just the reality. None of it’s foolproof.”

Michael Moline
Michael Moline has covered politics and the legal system for more than 30 years. He is a former managing editor of the San Francisco Daily Journal and former assistant managing editor of The National Law Journal. He began his career covering the Florida Capitol for United Press International. More recently, he wrote for Florida Politics.